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Opinions about Serotta Classique and Lynskey Sportive

Old 07-07-11, 12:04 PM
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Opinions about Serotta Classique and Lynskey Sportive

Hi,

Apologies if this isn't the right forum for this question. I alos posted in Framebuilders.

I'm in the process of looking at these two bikes (both built with Ultegra). I'm curious what people's general opinions about the companies, as well as the specific frames themselves may be. They ride similarly, the Classique is a tad more agressive, yet I feel I little taller in the saddle (if that make sense). The Sportive is plenty responsive, maybe less so through the corners, but may be more stable. But this could be me imagining things based off the descriptions I read and looks. Any help, advice, things to look for on another test ride, personal experiences with same bike or the company, stories, warnings, etc., would be greatly appreciated. Basically I'm struggling making up my mind between to great bikes and hoping for some info, even if it is only about the company that builds them. And, yes, I have spent time on the websites already looking.

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Old 07-07-11, 12:15 PM
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Are you referring to the newer, Ti Classique or the older original steel Classique?

I'd be happy with either the Lynskey or the Ti Serotta if I was looking for a long distance touring frame.

As for the companies, both are top notch. Can't go wrong with either.
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The newer Ready Custom TI. Although it is an early floor model (2009, serial no. is 002), and not exactly the same as the ones currently seen on the website. I'm not necessarily looking to do long distance (ie: fully loaded, unsupported) touring on it, but rather, everything from brisk 20-30 milers to stay fit, century + distances (sightseeing and stopping or pushing with friends to keep up the pace, charity rides, some local club rides, and hopefully maybe a Gran Fondo or two in my future. I'm not a racer, but want something that will get up and go when I want it to. Thanks!
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I have a Lynskey Sportive. It really does a good job of reaching a happy medium between the responsiveness of my carbon bike and the comfort of my steelie.

I was using it as my daily training bike when in Oman, with 50mm carbon clinchers and PR3s, and it felt great - probably not as stiff and responsive as Damocles (which accelerates as soon as I think of it). Now, I have it set up for my longer, Z1-2 weekend rides with Pasela 700x28s and Aksiums, and it is very comfortable to ride. It doesnt feel "dead" but does give a little bit of road feel - which I like - but it still soaks up a lot of the buzz on the local chip-seal roads.

Very stable on downhills as well (although I have only gone up to around 40mph on it). Very stable overall, actually, due to the geometry. It definitely isnt as nimble as the Damocles, but for the solo, non-pack riding that I'm doing with it, it is more than agile enough.

Compared to both my Damocles and my X-Fire, there is BB flex on really extreme climbs (19-20% gradient) when I am out of my saddle torquing as much as I can to keep the pedals turning (I am 180lb and can put out a decent amount of torque thanks to years of ice-hockey and jujitsu).

Overall, it does exactly what its name implies - offers a sporty and responsive ride with a decent amount of comfort thrown in, to boot.
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